Park Talk Ruffles Feathers
Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 15, 2011
By Mike Barnhardt
and Beth Cassidy
Davie County leaders walked over 53 acres of land on Farmington Road recently. Next to North Davie Middle School and the Davie Youth Complex, some of them envisioned more ball fields, maybe walking trails and more – a park.
But Davie County doesn’t have direct use of the property, having leased it for $1 for 20 years to the board of education for a second high school. The state Local Government Commission denied the county’s funding plan for that high school, and there are no immediate plans to build one there.
Both boards were scheduled to vote on a resolution turning the land back over to the county last week. The county commissioners adopted it 4-1, with Richard Poindexter opposing.
The board of education, however, didn’t vote on the resolution. At least four of them said they favor keeping the land, especially until specific, long-range plans are developed for future schools.
Poindexter didn’t mention use of the site for a school, but said there are enough parks nearby, and that parks attract child molesters, drug dealers and other nuisances. Police regularly are called to a park in Forsyth County, and Tanglewood Park consistently loses money. Davie County already has the distinction of having the highest violent crime rate in the state, he said.
“It’s a …